Travel chaos looms for train passengers in Gedling borough as rail workers vote to strike

East Midlands Railway staff will be amongst more than 50,000 railway workers staging a walkout on June 21, 23 and 25 in the biggest strike on the network since 1989.

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Train passengers using Gedling borough services face travel disruption later this month after rail workers voted to stage three days of strike action in a dispute over pay and jobs.

East Midlands Railway staff will be amongst more than 50,000 railway workers staging a walkout on June 21, 23 and 25 in the biggest strike on the network since 1989.

The union said they were taking the action that is set to cause misery to millions of commuters after negotiations with rail bosses to secure a pay proposal and a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies broke down.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

“We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1pc and rising.

EMR train at Carlton Station
PICTURED: An EMR train at Carlton Station (PHOTO: Gedling Eye)
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“Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

“Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This unfairness is fuelling our members anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.

“RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:“It is incredibly disappointing the RMT have decided to take action that could drive passengers away from the rail network for good.

“The pandemic has changed travel habits – with 25% fewer ticket sales and the taxpayer stepping in to keep the railways running at a cost of £16bn, equivalent to £600 per household. We must act now to put the industry on a sustainable footing.

“We are working with industry to reduce disruption caused by strike action, but Unions are jumping the gun by announcing this when talks have only just begun. We once again want to urge the unions to come to talks with the rail industry so we can work together to build a better, more modern, passenger-focussed, railway.”

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